Sunday, December 11, 2011

Bent and bowed

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For Robert's PsalmChallenge at Daily Athens blog, here is Psalm 38.
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1. A Psalm. Of David. Lihazkir.

2. O LORD, do not reprove me in Your wrath, and do not chastise me in Your anger.
3. For Your arrows have fallen on me, and Your hand has fallen against me.
4. There is no whole place in my flesh because of Your rage; no wellbeing in my bones because of my sin.
5. For my iniquities have engulfed my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.
6. My wounds grow foul and fester because of my folly.

7. I am utterly bent and bowed; I go about in gloom all the day.

8. For my innards are full of fever; there is no whole place in my flesh.
9. I am utterly spent and crushed; I roar because of the turmoil in my heart.
10. My Lord, You are aware of all my entreaties, and my sighing is not hidden from You.
11. My heart reels; my strength forsakes me; the light of my eyes—that, too, not with me.

12. My friends and companions stand back from my plague, and my near ones stand far off.

13. Those who seek my life lay snares and those who wish me harm speak malice; they meditate treachery all the day.
14. But I am like a deaf man, unhearing, and like a dumb man who does not open his mouth.
15. I am like one who does not hear, and in whose mouth are no rebukes.
16. For in You, O LORD, I have hoped; You will answer, O Lord, my God.
17. For I thought, "Lest they rejoice over me; when my foot gives way, they will vaunt over me."
18. For I am on the verge of collapse, and my pain is ever with me.
19. For I acknowledge my iniquity; I am apprehensive due to my sin.
20. Yet my mortal enemies grow numerous; my treacherous foes are many.
21. Those who repay harm for good hate me for pursuing goodness.

22. Do not forsake me, O LORD, my God; be not far from me;
23. Hasten to my aid, my Lord, my deliverance.
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Translation by Rabbi Benjamin Segal.
Hebrew text and a more traditional translation at Mechon Mamre.
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Photos:
Outside the Rabbi Kook Museum, Jerusalem.
The wall around Hansen's Hospital, the former "leper colony" of Jerusalem.
At the tomb of Rabbi Akiva with Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee below.

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11 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

Another great "Psalm Challenge" posting, Dina! Nuts, I forgot to prepare one for today!
I really like your recent "Jew and his violin" posting!

Theanne and Baron said...

Your photos beautifully portray the pain and anguish David felt!

Turquoise Diaries said...

Lovely to read and lovely to look at..

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful, touching illustration. Like it very much. That first look very much like the Garden Tomb.
Great view in that last one.

Blessed Sunday to you Dina:-)

Sara said...

Beautifully illustrated...you always find the perfect photo.

ρομπερτ said...

Life's a challenge indeed. Images which keep one looking for light, bright and kind, welcoming; not only for oneself, yet us opening to the world.
Thank you very much for your kind participation. Please have a good new week and please join again soon.

NixBlog said...

Lovely post, Dina. Psalm well complemented by your images.

Robin said...

The man in that first image looks like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders, poor soul...

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VP said...

Interesting as always, love that last bench!

Travelogue for the Universe said...

Very nice. Will soon jump into the challenge again. Meanwhile, I really enjoy your photos and interpretive pausing. It helps to take a little in and digest and go on. Have a great week. mary

crystal said...

Oh, I forgot to enter the challenge. Descriptive photos.

There's a past leper colony here too in Louisiana - there are actually a couple hundred new cases here every year, mostly in the south and southwest, sometimes carried by armadillos (had to read up on this for a story once).